Elements of the Philosophy of Mind, Applied to the Development [sic] of Thought and Feeling. By Mrs. Elizabeth Ricord, Principal of the Geneva Female Seminary.
Ricord, Elizabeth.

Geneva [New York}: John N. Bogert 1840. First edition of the first comprehensive textbook of psychology written expressly for female students. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, slight wear to corners and head and tail of spine. Spine a bit toned, foxing (as usual). A very good copy, Publisher’s green cloth, ruled and stamped in blind, gilt-lettered spine in five compartments. Octavo. [vi], [1], [1, blank], 4 (Item ID: 16617)


Elizabeth Stryker Ricord (1788-1865) was an American educator, the wife of Jean Baptiste Ricord (1777-1837) and the mothers of author Frederick William Ricord (1819-1897) and lawyer and traveler John Ricord (1813-1861). She was educated by private tutors and opened a seminary for young women in Geneva, New York in 1829. She served as its principal until 1840. The seminary offered a more rigorous curriculum than was typically offered to female students and included courses in philosophy, composition, and foreign languages. A few years later, she moved to Newwark, where she became involved with charity work and founded the Newark Orphan Asylum. The present work is based on the lecture notes that Ricord used for teaching mental philosophy at the Geneva Female Seminary. (See the online website of the Geneva Historical Society article on Ricord.)

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